Low-Carb Check In

I’m nearing day 3 of being off all sugar and breads/starches AND RUN FOR YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAVE BREAD BECAUSE I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN. No, actually, I’m good. I’m just all about the dramatic entry! I’m on day three and I feel good. No headaches, no weird cravings, no “flu” like symptoms – but I do feel satisfied! I’m one of those people that gets uncontrollable around carbohydrates. Put a basket of warm sourdough in front of me, and it’s gone. Even worse – put a basket of hot tortilla chips. I’ll be on my third basket before you know it. Give me a choice between a slice of chocolate cake or a slice of hot sourdough with butter – I’m all about the bread.

I've been eating a lot of eggs.

On my honeymoon, I was making random chitchat with a hippydippy lady in the hot tub (We’ll call her Crazy Hot Tub Lady) drinking wine out of a plastic hotel room cup. As she got more loose, she confessed that she was a “medical intuitive”. According to her, I needed to switch to sea salt (I did, for the hell of it), and I also needed to avoid Gluten, as it causes all of my weight gain and storage. She also said I’d have two kids and magically lose all of my weight after being pregnant… and that my first pregnancy would be rough, and that I’d end up teaching elementary-aged children. (Yep – All this after meeting for the first time in a resort hot tub)

Talking to Crazy Hot Tub Lady was made much easier by previous consumption of these.

Given that she wasn’t 1) A doctor 2) A nutritionist, I took this advice with a grain of (sea) salt (heh), but it did make me wonder some things. I always have had problems with carbohydrates – they set me off on a wild, bingey, uncontrollable feeling. Natural carbohydrates like fruit I’ve never had a problem with (but really – who gets fat from eating fruit? exactly.), but I need a BB Anonymous Meeting to keep me on track. (BB = Bread Binger) So yes. Me and carbs are like that married couple we all know, that really hates each other, but when they’re together, it hurts so good that they stay in it. Things like Weight Watchers didn’t work for me because I’d eat all my daily points in one serving of potato chips.

Day three – so far, so good. I am satisfied and I’m eating way less. What did I eat today? 2 eggs, a cup of edamame, a piece of cheese, one salad with grilled chicken, a sugar free jello, and some almonds. None of that is like “Ima stuff my face with bacon and lard for six days cuz its LOW CARB BABY! WHEEE”

Leafy Greens - YUM

I’m not getting on the scale until Friday, because I need to give my body some time to adjust. I’m also flexing induction a little bit by having natural carbs like almonds and carrots – but in very small amounts. I mainly just want to get off sugar, breads and starches – almonds and carrots aren’t going to be the ruin of me.

Have you ever gone low-carb – and if you have – flop or fantastic success?


6 thoughts on “Low-Carb Check In

  1. We have the exact same issue. Loving carbs, but carbs are what does you completely wrong. I have PCOS which in part is insulin resistance. So carbs literally do make me gain more weight. Except it’s simple carbs (white bread, not 100% whole grain, like Triscuts) and sugar (outside of fruits.) When I switched to a diet with no sugar or white flour, I lost 20 pounds (I only needed to lose like 30, MAYBE 40 back then) in like, 3-4 weeks. It was INSANE. It MELTED off. It was a very, very hard diet for a person who is limited in their food likes (like me) to be on but it was great for my bod!

  2. We have the exact same issue. Loving carbs, but carbs are what does you completely wrong. I have PCOS which in part is insulin resistance. So carbs literally do make me gain more weight. Except it’s simple carbs (white bread, not 100% whole grain, like Triscuts) and sugar (outside of fruits.) When I switched to a diet with no sugar or white flour, I lost 20 pounds (I only needed to lose like 30, MAYBE 40 back then) in like, 3-4 weeks. It was INSANE. It MELTED off. It was a very, very hard diet for a person who is limited in their food likes (like me) to be on but it was great for my bod!

  3. My mothers husband does no sugar, no carbs, no starches and lost over 50 lbs. He eats a lot of food, but none of it is processed. I tried it but I am too much of a sugar freak… Like give me that cookie or you will be maimed, cursed and destroyed by my fingernails freak. He basically eats non fat sugar free yogurt and fruit in the morning, a big ol salad for lunch [with 4 oz. protein like a can of tuna or some chicken], a piece of fruit for his midafternoon snack and then a very protein light dinner with salad.

    Good luck!

  4. My mothers husband does no sugar, no carbs, no starches and lost over 50 lbs. He eats a lot of food, but none of it is processed. I tried it but I am too much of a sugar freak… Like give me that cookie or you will be maimed, cursed and destroyed by my fingernails freak. He basically eats non fat sugar free yogurt and fruit in the morning, a big ol salad for lunch [with 4 oz. protein like a can of tuna or some chicken], a piece of fruit for his midafternoon snack and then a very protein light dinner with salad.

    Good luck!

  5. All those years of listening to you tell me how bad low carb diets are bad for me and now?

    Maybe in your house you’ll be able to maintain a low card lifestyle. If you keep the crappy carbs out of the pantry, it’s a pretty easy diet. It’s impossible at our house.

    Of course it doesn’t help that I’m a beer geek and that Allison keeps bringing cupcakes to the house. No good carbs in those things!

  6. All those years of listening to you tell me how bad low carb diets are bad for me and now?

    Maybe in your house you’ll be able to maintain a low card lifestyle. If you keep the crappy carbs out of the pantry, it’s a pretty easy diet. It’s impossible at our house.

    Of course it doesn’t help that I’m a beer geek and that Allison keeps bringing cupcakes to the house. No good carbs in those things!

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